Vikings Rumors & News

  • Ponder now backup, ready if needed

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "We might not have seen the last of Christian Ponder just yet. With Matt Cassel hurt and Teddy Bridgewater elevated to starting quarterback, Ponder — the 2011 first-round pick whose time with the Vikings appeared to have passed — will enter this week as Bridgewater’s backup after spending the..." September 23

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Per source, Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph's MRI showed he needs surgery and he will be out for about six weeks.

  • Sources: Peterson 'doesn't get it' "Adrian Peterson still has not come to grips with the prospect that his 2014 season has all but officially ended and that his future in the NFL is uncertain, multiple sources have told ESPN. Even if Peterson reaches a plea deal on a child abuse charge with Texas prosecutors, the NFL will..." September 22

  • Matt Cassel has broken foot, which means it’s Teddy Time

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings’ starting quarterback job is Teddy Bridgewater’s for the forseeable future. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters after the game that starter Matt Cassel has several broken bones in his foot, which means the job is Bridgewater’s by default. Asked if Bridgewater was his starter..." September 21

  • Teddy Bridgewater era begins for Minnesota

    Pro Football Talk "As the current face of the franchise has gotten a stiff arm to the face from the franchise, the next face of the franchise will be getting his first crack at making an impact on the field. Vikings quarterback Matt Cassell has left the playing area on a cart, with a toe injury. Which means that..." September 21

  • Vikings 'do not foresee' Adrian Peterson 'in their future' "Adrian Peterson's season is in serious jeopardy as he remains on the Commissioner Exempt list after an indictment for child-abuse charges. He continues to collect money from the Vikings but remains deactivated. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Peterson "is in denial" about his short- and..." September 21

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    Kevin Seifert @SeifertESPN

    And in Week 3, we get appearances from Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr. Top 4 QBs drafted.

  • Vikings prepare for loud environment against desperate opponent

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Adam Zimmer is now the Vikings linebackers coach, but he was on the opposite sideline during the 2009 NFC Championship Game. Serving as an assistant linebackers coach for the Saints against the Vikings, Zimmer recalled the defense having helmet communicator issues because of the deafening noise..." September 20

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    Master Tesfatsion @MasterStrib

    #Vikings signed WR Charles Johnson off the Browns practice squad to the 53-man roster.

  • Vikings release WR Jerome Simpson

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings are parting ways with Jerome Simpson. The club announced Thursday evening it had released Simpson, a veteran wideout who’s serving the final week of a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The decision to move on from Simpson comes after news of..." September 19

  • Suspended Vikings receiver Simpson in more trouble with law

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Jerome Simpson, already under a three-game NFL suspension for a DUI arrest last year, is in more trouble. The Vikings receiver was cited July 7 on charges of marijuana possession, open bottle and violating a limited drivers license, according to Hennepin County Court records. He has a Nov. 3..." September 18

  • Adrian Peterson is most likely done in Minnesota

    Pro Football Talk "In the immediate aftermath of the child-abuse charges filed against Adrian Peterson, it seemed probable that he wouldn’t be playing for the Vikings after the 2014 season. It’s now likely that Peterson will never wear a Vikings uniform again. Essentially suspended with pay until his legal case..." September 18

  • Adrian Peterson’s mother defends son’s parenting

    Houston Chronicle "Seated on a couch at her home overlooking a golf course in Spring, Bonita Jackson dabbed her eyes with a tissue as she discussed her distress over the highly charged debate that’s playing out over allegations that her son, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, injured his 4-year-old son..." September 18

  • Captain Munnerlyn: Peterson 'should be able to play football' "Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on Wednesday called Adrian Peterson's deactivation the "right decision" for his embattled organization, but not everyone inside the building agrees. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn later told reporters that he was mystified by Peterson landing on the Exempt/Commissioner's..." September 17

  • With Adrian Peterson's cloudy future, Vikings may try to terminate his deal "The Minnesota Vikings reached a threshold sometime very early Tuesday morning where the potential cost of trying to win with Adrian Peterson -- because of mounting pressure from sponsors, fans and the media -- finally outweighed their initial desire to continue trying to win with the All-Pro. That..." September 17

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Whether Adrian Peterson plays again this year will depend on when legal case is resolved. But Vikings intend to bring him back, per sources.

  • Vikings deactivate Adrian Peterson indefinitely

    USA Today "The Minnesota Vikings placed Adrian Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, requiring the running back to abstain from team activities during his child-abuse case, the team announced Wednesday morning. Peterson was indicted last Thursday on a charge that he injured his 4-year-old..." September 17

  • Zygi Wilf: 'We made a mistake and we need to get it right'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Pressure on the Vikings to bench Adrian Peterson mounted Tuesday, and early Wednesday morning the team gave in. “We made a mistake,” said co-owner Zygi Wilf at a morning news conference, “and we need to get this right.” The Vikings placed the star running back on the exempt/commissioner’s..." September 17

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    ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

    Don't be surprised if Vikings reverse course on letting Adrian Peterson play this Sunday. Hearing that Monday's decision could change.

  • Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton: Peterson's actions 'a public embarassment'

    Kare 11 "Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says Vikings running back Adrian Peterson should have stayed suspended until an accusation of child abuse was resolved in the legal system. Peterson is accused in Texas of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. The governor said in a statement to KARE..." September 16

  • Peterson faced accusation in 2013 "Adrian Peterson, already facing felony charges in Texas for child abuse, was accused in a previous incident involving another son who was 4 years old, KHOU-TV in Houston has reported. They are allegations the Minnesota Vikings running back's lawyer says were unfounded and more than a year..." September 16

  • Nike pulls Peterson merchandise out of stores in Twin Cities

    Fox Sports "Are you looking for a Adrian Peterson jersey? Nike has decided — in the wake of the scandal involving the Vikings running back and his indictment for alleged child abuse — to pull all Peterson merchandise out of their stores located in the Twin Cities area. So, if you're in Minneapolis or St...." September 16

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    Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

    #NFL says #Vikings Adrian Peterson and #Panthers Greg Hardy under review. New hire Lisa Friel _ former NY prosecutor _ examining both.

  • Radisson Hotels Suspends Vikings Sponsorship "If we learned anything from the NBA's Donald Sterling saga, it was that public outrage alone is not enough to force sports leagues to act. It only became clear that the NBA would take a serious stand with Sterling when sponsors began fleeing the Clippers in droves. A similar moment may be..." September 16

  • Could Condoleezza Rice Replace Roger Goodell As Commissioner Of The NFL? "While there are still many questions to be answered as the NFL investigates its handling of Ray Rice's assault case, there are already a handful of prominent voices calling for commissioner Roger Goodell to step down and an intriguing candidate to take his place. U.S. Senator Kirsten..." September 16

  • Whippings part of Adrian Peterson's childhood

    USA Today "David Cummings and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson still talk about the frequent whippings Peterson's father administered — and one whipping in particular. Cummings says he and Peterson were leaving football practice while in middle school when Peterson's father, Nelson, was..." September 16

  • Adrian Peterson -- ANOTHER Child Abuse Investigation ... AP Cleared "Sources close to the investigation tell TMZ the reason the case went nowhere is because Adrian did NOT strike the boy in the forehead -- but instead the child accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Adrian was punishing him. We're also told the form of discipline was "not impermissible."..." September 16

  • Vikings message board shuts down, calls handling of Peterson 'cowardly' ", which has been in existence since at least 2005, has shuttered its virtual doors for good. Not surprisingly, this has everything to do with running back Adrian Peterson, who was released Saturday on $15,000 bond following his arrest for "reckless or negligent injury to..." September 16

  • Adrian Peterson reinstated by Vikings, expected to play at Saints

    USA Today "The Minnesota Vikings are standing behind Adrian Peterson. The team announced Monday that its star halfback will fully participate in meetings and practice this week and is expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings had deactivated Peterson, 29, for their game..." September 16

  • Vikings won’t cut Adrian Peterson, but may trade him

    New York Post "All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson could be on the trading block if even uglier details emerge from his felony child abuse case in Houston, The Post has learned. An NFL source familiar with the thinking of the Vikings’ ownership group said Sunday the only certainty is Peterson won’t be..." September 16

  • Frustrated Vikings fans calling for Bridgewater at QB "While the media and fans hotly debated the social, cultural and legal implications of running back Adrian Peterson's treatment of his 4-year-old son, there was no debating the impact of the player being inactive for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. It was so bad that by the..." September 15

  • Adrian Peterson: I am not a child abuser

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to return to the lineup in Week Three after missing Sunday’s loss to the Patriots after being indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child in Houston last week. Peterson released a statement on Monday saying that he “very much”..." September 15

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    Adrian Peterson @AdrianPeterson

  • The backward career arc of former New England Patriots QB Matt Cassel

    Mass Live "It all began early for Matt Cassel, especially on Saturdays, usually along the Santa Monica coast. Matt Cassel was 14 or 15 when he began running the beaches on weekend mornings, running stairs, urging the family to keep up. “He’d challenge all of us in the living room to hold our planks to..." September 14

  • Vikings GM: All options are on the table with Adrian Peterson

    Pro Football Talk "The Minnesota Vikings are not ruling out anything with running back Adrian Peterson, including the possibility that he may have played his last game in Minnesota. Rick Spielman, the Vikings’ Executive V.P. and General Manager, told Sal Paolantonio of ESPN that the team wasn’t aware that..." September 14

  • Peterson, Vikings are on the same page, for now

    Pro Football Talk "While it remains to be seen what the Vikings will do with running back Adrian Peterson going forward, the Vikings and Peterson currently are on the same page regarding his absence from the team for Sunday’s home opener against the Patriots. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s..." September 14

  • Adrian Peterson's status in flux, could miss more than just one game "With Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson facing an indictment on child abuse charges after allegedly striking his four-year-old son repeatedly with a branch, and the NFL announcing it is reviewing the case under the league's personal conduct policy, his future, short and long-term, is in..." September 14

  • NFL reviewing Adrian Peterson under personal-conduct policy

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has confirmed that Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on a charge of injury to a child for striking his 4-year-old son, could be disciplined under the league’s personal-conduct policy. “This will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy,” the league said in a brief..." September 14

  • Vikings elevate tailback Joe Banyard

    Pro Football Talk "With Adrian Peterson deactivated for Sunday’s home opener against the Patriots, the Vikings need help at tailback. They’ve gotten it by elevating Joe Banyard from the practice squad. The team has announced that Banyard is up, and fullback Zach Line is out. Banyard joins a depth chart..." September 13

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    darren rovell @darrenrovell

    Nike statement on its endorser Adrian Peterson

  • Adrian Peterson released from jail after turning himself in

    USA Today "Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson landed in Houston and turned himself in to authorities in Montgomery County, Texas, early Saturday where he was booked on a charge of injury to a child before posting $15,000 bond and being released. Peterson arrived at the jail and was let in..." September 13

  • Adrian Peterson is out Sunday, and his future is unclear

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings game plan took an unexpected turn Friday, two days before the team’s home opener against the Patriots at TCF Bank Stadium. Running back Adrian Peterson was deactivated after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He has been indicted on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a..." September 13

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Jerick McKinnon could get some carries, too, but Asiata figures to get the majority of the work.

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    Around The NFL @AroundTheNFL

    Vikings have deactivated Adrian Peterson Sunday.

  • Reports: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson indicted for child injury "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted on charges of child injury in Texas, according to multiple reports. According to MyFOXHouston, the charges are for "reckless or negligent injury to a child." Child Protective Services confirms to TMZ they are working on a case involving..." September 12

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Arrest of Adrian Peterson (reported by @MarkBermanFox26) stems from the disciplining of a son with a switch, source says. He’s been indicted

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    Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

    Vikings are currently deciding on Peterson's status for this weekend

  • Patriots' Belichick says he has no regrets about trade that helped the Vikings score Patterson

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "During last year’s NFL draft, the Vikings, hot and heavy for Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, traded four picks to the New England Patriots to trade back into the first round for him. A year later, with the teams meeting on Sunday, it looks like the deal worked out for both..." September 11

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    Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

    Mid-week game-plan thought: After mostly playing CB Darrelle Revis on left side vs. MIA, makes sense this week to match him up on Patterson.

  • NFL Leads Push For Franchise in Europe "This NFL season has kicked off with more fanfare than ever before, and excitement for the sport isn't limited to the United States. For the first time in the league's history there will be three regular-season games played abroad, all of them at Wembley Stadium in London. The games will come on..." September 09